Margret Bell, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and currently serves as the National Deputy Director for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and the Director of the national MST Support Team of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services (MHS) national program office. The MST Support Team works at a national level within the Veterans Health Administration to promote best practices in the field and assist VA in meeting legal mandates related to services for Veterans who experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment while in the military. The team also works closely with MHS to make recommendations regarding national policy related to MST and to respond to Congressional and VA leadership requests for information. Other key components of the team’s work include providing trainings and consultation on sexual trauma-related issues, developing outreach and training materials and other resources for the field, and monitoring and expanding MST-related programming nationwide.
Dr. Bell also serves as a staff psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System where her research focuses on victim, community, and systemic responses to interpersonal violence. A particular interest is in improving the experiences that victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and other traumas have when interacting with community agencies, institutions, and other systems.
Dr. Bell also treats patients and provides clinical supervision to trainees as a member of VA Boston’s Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team.
She is an Associate Professor in the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Boston College, PhD
- University of Maryland, MA
- Yale University, BA
- Published on 10/17/2019
Street AE, Shin MH, Marchany KE, McCaughey VK, Bell ME, Hamilton AB. Veterans' perspectives on military sexual trauma-related communication with VHA providers. Psychol Serv. 2021 May; 18(2):249-259. PMID: 31621356.
- Published on 5/24/2013
Bell ME, Larsen SE, Goodman LA, Dutton MA. Comparison of victims' reports and court records of intimate partner violence perpetrators' criminal case outcomes. J Interpers Violence. 2013 Sep; 28(14):2966-77. PMID: 23708777.
- Published on 1/1/2011
Bell ME, Perez S, Goodman LA, Dutton MA. Battered women's perceptions of civil and criminal court helpfulness: the role of court outcome and process. Violence Against Women. 2011 Jan; 17(1):71-88. PMID: 21199810.
- Published on 1/1/2011
Bell ME, Reardon A. Experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military among OEF/OIF veterans: implications for health care providers. Soc Work Health Care. 2011; 50(1):34-50. PMID: 21240770.
- Published on 10/1/2008
Gagnon DR, Doron-LaMarca S, Bell M, O'Farrell TJ, Taft CT. Poisson regression for modeling count and frequency outcomes in trauma research. J Trauma Stress. 2008 Oct; 21(5):448-54. PMID: 18956443.